Saturday, December 19, 2009

What is necessary in a marriage ceremony?

Since we’re only talking about the ceremony itself, we’ll not go into the legal aspects. That’s another blog.

What is actually necessary is for the man to want to marry that woman, for the woman to want to marry that man and to agree for it to happen right then. That’s it. The rest of it is fluff.

That means that you get to have the whole, entire ceremony exactly as you want to have it. Fluff means you can play with “the rules”. You can be as solemn, as dignified, as creative and unique as you wish; even inject humor! Your only limits are if you belong to a particular church, religion, or sect that has specific rituals or wording that must be adhered to in the rules of that organization.

When you plan your own wedding ceremony, you can have a favorite person do a reading, sing or play a song, write your own meaningful vows, incorporate other ceremonies with the service (see my list under “Additional Ceremonies”), do a dance, release birds or balloons, have a theme wedding and include costumes for the bridal party or for everyone.

If you’re not sure of what you want you may have an idea of what you don’t want. Fine! Work from that end. It’s nice to take other people’s desires into consideration but on your wedding day YOU come first.

The most important thing to remember is to seek a minister who is willing to work with you. Maybe you want lots of prayers or maybe you don’t want any prayers. Every person has their own viewpoint, including the minister, but it should not infringe on yours. After all it’s YOUR wedding and above all you want it to reflect your tastes, wishes and desires.

I strongly suggest meeting the minister face to face in a personal consultation or at least speaking with them on the phone to see if you’re compatible. You always have options and you always have choices. Choose the minister you want to say the “magic words” to pronounce you husband and wife.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Vineyard Themed Wedding

This is an inspiration board I created for a Vineyard themed Wedding. Purple and green make perfect colors for this wedding ideally held during summer.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Casino Themed Wedding

I keep thinking about fun wedding ideas and there is one that continues to stick out in my mind: a Casino Themed Wedding.

For a wedding with this theme I would suggest using black and red colors. This color combination can be classic looking for the ceremony and still fit the themed reception.

I found two invitations that would perfectly invite guests to join in a fun-filled evening.

Create a fun entrance so that when guests arrive at the reception they will instantly be in the mood to have fun and celebrate with the happy couple.

Awe guests with a cake that not only fits the theme of the wedding, but serves as a unique focal point as well.

Give guests the opportunity to play the night away by renting casino equipment such as poker, blackjack, roulette, and craps tables and/or set up slot machines.

Also offer guests a seperate area for dancing the night away.

Serve a buffet of hor'deouvers to fuel the night and have a bar that serves drinks to enhance fun throughout the night.